Delanie Walker expects 80 catches this year


Titans tight end Delanie Walker had a career-high 60 catches last season, playing well in his first year in Tennessee after spending the first seven years of his career in San Francisco. But Walker isn’t even close to satisfied.

In fact, Walker says he expects to catch about 20 more passes this year than he did last year.

“I’ve got to get better,” Walker told the team’s website. “I’m looking to catch 80 balls this year.”

The 80-catch mark was surpassed by only two tight ends last season, Jimmy Graham with 86 and Tony Gonzalez with 83. If Walker could get into the 80s, he’d be among the elite tight ends in the NFL.

Walker wasn’t always a happy camper in Tennessee last season, saying after the season that there were some cancers in the Titans’ locker room. But Walker is now talking up both new head coach Ken Whisenhunt and quarterback Jake Locker, saying he thinks the Titans are poised for a much better season.

“I’m telling you from the heart, we’re going to have a great year this year and I’m ready for it,” Walker said.

Getting 80 catches out of Walker would go a long way toward changing the Titans’ fortunes.